Monday morning, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted her support for impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh following a now-corrected story at the New York Times about sexual misconduct allegations from his college days.
Ocasio-Cortez joined multiple elected Democrats on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail in saying that Kavanaugh "must be impeached." She then, however, deleted her tweet calling for impeachment.
AOC just deleted this tweet. - Kavanaugh was never credibly accused - The Democrats treated Dr. Ford like crap - W… https://t.co/p3aDM16FbR— Caleb Hull (@Caleb Hull)1568644684.0
.@aoc, you deleted the “Impeach Kavanaugh” tweet. Does that mean you’re no longer for impeaching Justice Kavanaugh? https://t.co/xQTwguj6N2— Eddie Zipperer (@Eddie Zipperer)1568646508.0
Looks like AOC has belatedly read NYT’s editor’s note & deleted this idiotic tweet. Kavanaugh should start suing ea… https://t.co/xMWRPGZSQe— Rita Panahi (@Rita Panahi)1568645810.0
Shortly after being called out for the explanation-free deletion, she tweeted the exact same message out — still with no explanation as to why the first tweet was deleted.
This was almost a year ago. It is unsurprising that Kavanaugh, credibly accused of sexual assault, would lie under… https://t.co/fF6pR9GoUi— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1568645381.0
The congresswoman joined a growing chorus of Democrats who have called to impeach America's newest Supreme Court justice — or at least re-investigate him — over a New York Times story that brought attention to a third-party allegation of sexual misconduct from a drunken dorm party in college. The alleged victim in this case, however, declined to be interviewed, and friends told Times reporters that she didn't remember the incident. The newspaper later issued a massive correction to that effect after taking a considerable amount of criticism.
"An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book's account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party," the correction stated. "The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article."
Both of Ocasio-Cortez's tweets were made after the Times issued the correction on the story.
In the wake of the Times story, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — which conducted Kavanaugh's thorny, chaotic confirmation process last year — have pushed back against calls for impeachment.
"There's nobody [Democrats] don't want to impeach," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Sunday on ABC. "At some point they just have to let the anger go and recognize that the democratic process actually moves on."
In a statement issued Monday morning, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) called the story a "factually compromised opinion piece" and said that "the latest attempt by Democrats to smear the reputation of Justice Kavanaugh and call for his impeachment is an absolute disgrace."